16th NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship | Poppy Hills GC | October 7-8, 2019
First played in 2004 at Poppy Ridge, the NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship is a two-person, better-ball scratch event for NCGA members 25 years of age and older (from 2004-2015 it was called the NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship for players 40 and older). The duo of Terry Foreman and James Hay won the first three championships, and in 2008 Hay won a fourth championship with partner Mark Hill. In 2014 the event returned to Poppy Ridge. The tourney record for low 36-hole score is 127, set by 2018 winners Jason Anthony and Randy Haag. The 18-hole record is 10-under 62, shot by Mark Hill and Brandon Toll at the 2017 championship at Poppy Ridge.Hay and Haag share the record with four career victories.
ENTRIES CLOSE: September 22, 2019
ENTRY FEE: $280 per team. Field limited to the first 48 teams, including exempt teams.
FORMAT: 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, 18 holes per day.
ELIGIBILITY: Players must have reached their 25th birthday by October 7, 2019 and have a numeric handicap index listed on their club’s Master Report of 5.4 or less on the date of registration. Partners need not be members of the same club. One partner may represent the team for any part or all of a stipulated round.
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About Poppy Ridge
Located in the heart of the Livermore Valley Wine Country, the 27-hole Rees Jones design is reminiscent of the heathland courses of Scotland. Poppy Ridge Golf Course opened in 1996 and is easily accessible to approximately 90,000 of the nearly 175,000 NCGA members who live within a 65-mile radius of the course.
The Merlot, Chardonnay and Zinfandel nines offer challenging and enjoyable golf for any level of player. Each nine measures about 3,500 to 3,600 yards from the black tees. Carved in the rugged terrain of the Livermore foot-hills, Poppy Ridge offers spectacular views of the golf course and beyond. Each hole is shaped by extensive bunkering, giving the course a true links feel.
Poppy Ridge was rated by Zagat Guide as one of the top 15 courses in the nation for value. Remarkable views of rolling hills, four sets of tees, excellent course conditions, 27 championship golf holes, friendly staff, indoor and outdoor restaurant facilities and affordable prices make this a true value in Northern California.
About Poppy Hills
Poppy Hills, which is owned by the NCGA, underwent an extensive renovation beginning in March of 2013 centered around water conservation, primarily by improving irrigation and drainage. Architect Robert Trent Jones II returned with his design firm, this time creating a firm, fast and fun course that unfolds seamlessly through the stunning Del Monte Forest.
Jones reinvented the course architecturally, restoring each hole to its natural elevation along the forest floor, softening doglegs and contours, rebuilding all 18 greens with bentgrass, eliminating rough and introducing native waste areas that reduce irrigated turf by nearly 25%.
Randy Haag finally got the win he wanted so badly. Defending NCGA Player of the Year Jason Anthony got to be a part of it. Haag and Anthony, who first met when they were paired together for the annual Hanna-Wehrman Cup matches a few years ago, claimed their second NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball title in three years Tuesday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course. Read Full 2018 Recap | View 2018 Photo Gallery
Mark Hill and Brandon Toll made the biggest move in regulation, but it was longtime pals Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler who came out on top when it mattered the most. Paniccia and Stieler, good friends who formerly worked together at Riverbend GC (now Dragonfly GC) in Fresno, made birdie on the first hole of a three-team sudden-death playoff to capture the annual NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball championship at par-72 Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore. Read Full 2017 Recap
They’re the dynamic duo of Poppy Hills. Olympic Club members and pals Jason Anthony and Randy Haag had another special moment at the NCGA owned course on Tuesday, shooting a final round 6-under 65 to come from behind and win the 13th annual NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship by one over the tandem of Steve Woods and Jeff Gilchrist. Last December, Anthony and Haag earned medalist honors in a U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifier at Poppy Hills after posting a 9-under 62. Read Full 2016 Recap | View 2016 Photo Gallery
Years after playing together in little league, childhood pals Scott Olds and Kip Yaughn proved to be a lethal duo on the golf course. Olds, a member at Antioch GC, and Yaughn, who plays out of Oakhurst GC, carded their second straight 8-under 64 Tuesday at Poppy Ridge GC, leading to a win in the 12th annual NCGA Masters Division Four-Ball Championship. The duo’s two-day score of 16-under 128 tied the tournament record, set by 2014 winners Scott Anderson and Mark Pavletich and runner-ups Jon Peterson and Eddie Davis, who lost in a playoff. Read Full 2015 Recap | View 2015 Photo Gallery
Scott Anderson and Mark Pavletich each came up with clutch shots as the duo captured the 2015 NCGA season opener in dramatic fashion. Anderson nearly holed out on the 9th hole of the Zinfandel course in regulation and Pavletich later sank a 6-foot birdie putt on the hole to win a sudden-death playoff over Jon Peterson and Eddie Davis, as the two picked up a win at the annual NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship held at par-72 Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore. Read Full 2014 Recap | View 2014 Photo Gallery
When you have golfing resumes like Steve Woods and Jeff Gilchrist do, winning an age specific four-ball event likely isn’t the apex of either player’s respective amateur careers. However, you couldn’t make such a claim without an inkling of doubt, after the duo came away victorious to win the 10th Annual NCGA Master Division Championship at Bayonet/Black Horse GC on Tuesday. “When you’re 40-plus-years-old and [still] winning golf tournaments it feels great,” said Woods, the 1994 California State Amateur champion. “We know that no matter what the event is if it says NCGA in front of it, it’s going to be a strong field and we want to come out on top.” Read Full 2013 Recap | View 2013 Photo Gallery
|2004||Terry Foreman and James Hay at Poppy Ridge||67-67-134|
|2005||Terry Foreman and James Hay at Poppy Ridge||67-63-130|
|2006||Terry Foreman and James Hay at Poppy Ridge||65-66-131|
|2007||Jeff Burda and Jamie Looper at Poppy Ridge||66-65-131|
|2008||Mark Hill and James Hay at Poppy Ridge||64-65-129|
|2009||John Driver and Ken Helwig at Bayonet||65|
|2010||Randy Haag and Darryl Donovan at Bayonet||66-68-134|
|2011||Randy Haag and Darryl Donovan at Bayonet||70-64-134|
|2012||Jeff Hoffman and Russell Humphrey at Black Horse / Bayonet||69-65-134|
|2013||Steve Woods and Jeff Gilchrist at Black Horse / Bayonet||65-67-132|
|2014||Scott Anderson and Mark Pavletich at Poppy Ridge||64-64-128|
|2015||Scott Olds and Kip Yaughn at Poppy Ridge||64-64-128|
|2016||Jason Anthony and Randy Haag at Poppy Hills||65-65-130|
|2017||Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler at Poppy Ridge||64-66-130|
|2018||Jason Anthony and Randy Haag at Poppy Hills||64-63-127|